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Area Workshop | Bassoon Day | Bill Watrous Jazz Festival | Choir Invitational

Concert Band Festival | Contemporary Music Festival | Festival of Strings

Marching Band Festival Piano Day | Spring Piano Festival | String Invitational

Summer Camps | Summer Percussion Academy | Summer Workshops for Music Educators


Area Workshop (TMEA/Voice) - Click here to register

Fall 2014 Dates TBD
The choral program at SHSU is hosting the 3rd annual Area Workshop for high school students. SHSU choral and voice faculty as well as guest clinicians from around the state will help students put the finishing touches on their All-State Choir music. Guest clinicians will include Amy Allibon (Birdville HS) and Jeff Rice (Midway HS). The final step to the All-State Choir begins here!

Bassoon Day

October 19, 2014
The SHSU Bassoon Day is a free event for young bassoonists in grades 7-12 where they can spend an afternoon immersed in chamber music, masterclasses, and performances. Additionally, high school participants receive tailored instruction on their TMEA all-state audition music. The event culminates in a large ensemble performance for family and friends featuring a side-by-side concert with SHSU faculty and students.

Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

March 26-28, 2015
The SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival is a competitive, educational event. High school and college jazz bands perform every 30 minutes throughout the day and receive critique sheets from each of the nationally known jazz educators and for the educational benefits that result from hearing other groups perform. Awards will be announced and presented during the SHSU Jazz Ensemble closing performances with Bill Watrous and featured guests. This adds an element of excitement to the festivities and recognizes superior individual achievement.


Choir Invitational

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Having begun with an inaugural concert in 2010, the annual SHSU Choir Invitational features Houston area high school choirs in a festive concert setting. Students and directors are afforded a wonderful performance opportunity in the newly opened James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center. This year's invited choirs include Clear Falls HS, Klein Oak HS, Langham Creek HS, and Spring HS.


Concert Band Festival

May 15-16, 2015
The SHSU Concert Band Festival provides an opportunity for young ensembles to perform and record in our acoustically customized concert hall in an inviting, professional environment. We are delighted to welcome performers to the Gaertner Performing Arts Center and the SHSU campus.


Contemporary Music Festival

April 9-11, 2015
The SHSU Contemporary Music Festival holds a rich tradition of performing the best of new music on campus. Each year, one of America's top composers is brought in to share their music and special insights with the SHSU and surrounding communities. Past guests include Carter Pann, Michael Byron, Stefan Weisman, David Dzubay, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Donald Grantham, and Dan Welcher.


Festival of Strings

October 3-7, 2014
The yearly Festival of Strings encompasses four days of string related activities and events including faculty and guest artist recitals, master classes and orchestra concerts. Recent guests have included renowned artists Mike Bloch (cello), Darol Anger (violin), Ferenc Illenyi (violin), and Scott Holhauser (piano).  This year we are thrilled to have with us the world renowned violin soloist Dylana Jenson.


Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The SHSU Marching Band Festival is held in Bowers Stadium on the Sam Houston State University campus in Huntsville, Texas. Directors may complete the Entry and Payment Forms through the links provided below. Your entry will not be complete until both forms have been successfully submitted.

Please contact Matthew McInturf mcinturf@shsu.edu if you have any questions.


Piano Day - Click here to register

February 2, 2014
The School of Music at Sam Houston State University is proud to present Piano Day, a free event for the Texas community of pianists and teachers.  Piano Day is a great opportunity for middle school and high school students to participate in a master class and learn about the process of preparing for auditions and competitions. View the Piano Day website.

Spring Piano Festival

January 30, 2014-February 24, 2014
A nearly month-long celebration of piano with workshops, recitals and master classes with professional guest artists and SHSU music faculty.

Schedule of Events


String Invitational

Saturday, October 5, 2013
A yearly event, the String Invitational is a TMEA All-State/All-Region workshop geared toward high school students who are preparing for the Orchestra Division All-State Auditions. The workshop offers sessions for different levels of preparation/ability, which are taught by SHSU music faculty and guest artist/clinicians from the Houston Symphony.

Schedule of Events and Registration


Summer Camps

Summer 2014
The School of Music at Sam Houston State University offers a wide variety of summer camps for both middle school and high school music students. The faculty is comprised of outstanding educators from the public schools and the SHSU faculty. The camps provide an inspiring and educational experience in a supervised and safe environment.


Summer Percussion Academy

June 15-18, 2014
The Sam Houston Summer Percussion Academy is an immersive 4-day event featuring masterclasses, clinics, recitals, hands-on workshops, classes, and performances presented by internationally renowned percussionists and educators in a relaxed and encouraging environment. The Academy promises a comprehensive study of the percussionist’s art that is both musically and intellectually stimulating, encompassing an array of activities and instruction.


Summer Workshops for Music Educators

Summer 2014
The Center for Music Education is committed to sponsoring Continuing Education Sessions for practicing teachers at the secondary level. This summer we are offering four inspiring and informative session, two for Band Directors and two for Choir Directors. These workshops meet the requirements for Continuing Education Credit. Young teachers will develop skills and refine their technique. Veteran teachers will refresh their skills and gain new perspectives on their art. Everyone will be inspired and enriched with musical thought and professional camaraderie.

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